Former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson has the college football rumor mill churning this week due to his plans to transfer to another school for his senior season.
The Gamecocks were suggested as a possible landing spot in an ESPN.com report, but head coach Steve Spurrier doesn't act like a man trying to lure Wilson.
“Somebody mentioned him yesterday being available, first I’d ever heard of it,” he said Tuesday while at the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament in Georgia.
Coaches are forbidden by the NCAA from talking publicly about recruits.
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Wilson, who is playing in the Colorado Rockies farm system this summer, threw for 3,563 yards and 28 touchdown passes last year but lost the starting quarterback job to Mike Glennon due to his time spent with baseball.
North Carolina State granted Wilson his release Friday as he pursues a professional baseball career. Wilson had not ruled out using his final year of football eligibility, but coach Tom O'Brien had said during spring drills that the Wolfpack planned to move forward with Glennon.
The Gamecocks, meanwhile, suspended returning starter Stephen Garcia indefinitely late in the spring. Sophomore Connor Shaw would be the team's starter if Garcia isn't allowed to return.
Wilson had been the face of N.C. State's program during the past three seasons, winning the ACC's rookie of the year award in 2008 and leading the league last season in passing yardage.
"Although I remain undecided on the option of playing college football this coming season, I believe it is in the best interest of the players and coaches involved to end any speculation of my return to the Wolfpack," Wilson said in a statement. "It has become apparent that the time has come for the program to move on without me."
Wilson said he has not "closed the door" on playing football again and will explore his options.
Reports since his release have suggested a number of other SEC schools could also be options for Wilson, including Auburn or LSU.